Research Seed Grants - Barts Charity

Research Seed Grants

Our Research Seed Grants provide seed funding for health-related research that could improve the lives of people in East London. This grant could support an application to another funding organisation or pump-prime a new academic-clinical collaboration. 

Level of funding

Up to £75,000

Duration of funding

Up to 12 months (or 18 months for projects that involve participant recruitment)

Research Seed Grants information

Lead applicant

We particularly encourage applications from researchers at the start of their independent career or those who want to develop ideas that are outside of their discipline or area of expertise.

As a lead applicant you’ll need to hold a post at one of the following organisations:

  • Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London.
  • Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals.
  • School of Health & Psychological Sciences at City, University of London.

Applications will only be considered for projects that are based at one of the organisations listed above.

For the duration of the award, you must have either:

  • An independent academic, clinical or research post and receive your salary from one of the organisations above (rather than from another research grant). If you have a clinical post, you must have protected time for research.
  • A fellowship or personal award that provides your salary, at postdoctoral level or above.

Applicants who currently hold a Research Seed Grant, or are funded through a Targeted Transformational Funding recruitment package, are not eligible and must wait until their grant has ended before applying.

You are not eligible to be an applicant if you are employed as a postdoctoral researcher or clinical fellow.


You can apply with up to three co-applicants. They may be external to your organisation, but you’ll need to explain why their specific expertise is needed.

Your application will be reviewed by our Scientific Review Panel, using the following criteria:

Benefit -expected research outcomes aim to enhance our understanding of health and illness and/or have the potential to lead to improved lives in East London.

Originality – a novel and important research proposal within its field.

Feasibility - preliminary or published data that supports the research question or hypothesis and expected research outcomes. The proposed approaches are realistic, well developed and likely to achieve the aims.

Involvement – appropriate plans for engagement with, and involvement of, patients, the public, local services, research and/or clinical networks.

Credentials - the applicants and wider team have the necessary experience, skills and knowledge to undertake the proposed research, relative to career stage and career path.

Sustainability – the proposal includes appropriate plans and commitment to use the expected research outcomes in the future, including dissemination plans, and how they will lead to further funding.

You can request up to £75,000 for staff and research costs specific to your application, for up to 12 months (or 18 months for projects that involve patient/participant recruitment). 

See our Grants Cost Policy for details of allowed and disallowed costs. 

  • Extensions of PhD projects, bridge-funding, or short-term fellowships. 
  • PhD student fees or consumables for studentships/fellowships funded elsewhere. 
  • Projects that have clear potential to be funded by other funders or revenue sources.
  • Co-funding of projects that are part-funded by other funders.
  • Projects for the sole purpose of supporting research resources (e.g. facilities, multi-user equipment, biobanks, cohorts, and databases).

Application and assessment process

We recommend that you discuss the application with your institute director, head of department or senior leadership before applying. 

The application must be costed and agreed by the Queen Mary University of London Joint Research Management Office  (JRMO) or the City, University of London research support services.

Please contact the relevant team well in advance of your submission deadline to allow enough time for them to provide your costing. 

Please complete the online application form. Remember to save your application often and attach all the necessary documents before submission. 

When you complete your application form it will be sent to your research management office. They must review and approve your application in order to complete the submission to us.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the day of the deadline. 

Our Funding and Impact team will check that your application is eligible for this scheme. We’ll be in touch if we have any questions. 

Applications will then be assessed by our Scientific Review Panel against the criteria listed in the ‘What we look for’ section.  

We then use the panel’s assessment to make the final funding decision. We aim to let you know the outcome of your application within ten weeks of the deadline. 

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Our Funding & Impact team are here to work with you and can offer advice and support. We encourage you to contact us if you have any queries. Do get in touch if we can support you in the application process by applying reasonable adjustments. All requests will be treated in confidence.

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